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Benezet, Anthony
A CAUTION TO GREAT BRITAIN AND HER COLONIES, IN A SHORT REPRESENTATION OF THE CALAMITOUS STATE OF THE ENSLAVED NEGROES IN THE BRITISH DOMINIONS
Philadelphia, printed; London, reprinted, 1784. 46,[1]pp. 19th-century marbled wrappers. Minor edge wear to wrappers. Very good. First London reprint of what is described on the titlepage as "A New Edition." Anthony Benezet was a prominent Quaker educator, philanthropist, and early abolitionist. A CAUTION TO GREAT BRITAIN., first published in Philadelphia in 1766, was a seminal anti-slavery work, distributed on both sides of the Atlantic. It includes numerous reports on the conditions of slaves and captives in Africa, the West Indies, and the American South. "[H]ow many of those who distinguish themselves as the Advocates of Liberty, remain insensible and inattentive to the treatment of thousands and tens of thousands of our fellow men, who.are at this very time kept in the most deplorable state of Slavery, in many parts of the British Dominions?" - page 3. This edition, published the year of Benezet's death, served as a reminder that despite the American victory in the Revolution the stated ideals of the Declaration of Independence had yet to be achieved. DUMOND, p.26. SABIN 4671. HOWES B345. DAB II, pp.177-78.
Libraire: William Reese Company - Americana [New Haven, CT, U.S.A.]
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